Navy helps rescue drowning elephant in Sri Lanka

  • Navy helps rescue drowning elephant in Sri Lanka

Navy helps rescue drowning elephant in Sri Lanka

Elephants may be powerful animals on land, but they're no match for a strong ocean current.

Navy officers made a shocking discovery more than 9 miles out to sea - an elephant struggling to survive. They are also equipped with trunks that act like anatomical snorkels, allowing the animals to breathe while their bodies are submerged beneath the waves.

Photographs reveal the incredible moment a wild elephant was rescued at sea about 10 miles (16km) off the Sri Lankan coast.

A second fast attack boat and a team of divers joined the rescue operation.

"They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a shortcut", he told The Guardian.

Officials first noticed the elephant during a routine patrol off the island's northeast coast.

Navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge called the exercise a "miraculous escape".

Happily, this story ended well, thanks no doubt to the elephant's natural aquatic prowess and some quick-thinking assistance from its human helpers.

An fantastic rescue was caught on camera in Sri Lanka. In video from the incident, the elephant can be seen nearly completely submerged.

Once the rescue mission was complete, Jumbo was handed over to wildlife officials.

Killing a Sri Lankan elephant is punishable by death, the WWF noted.